Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

I hope everyone has a GREAT last day in 2015!  Here is a cool idea for the new year!  I'm going to try it!  You take a jar, and all year when something good happens write it down on a small piece of paper.  Then on December 31st read all the good things that happened to you in 2016!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


My Mother's side of the family!

I have not been posting because my mother rented a beach house in Florida!  Her whole side was able to come, and we had a reunion!  So happy we got this family photo!

I got to hang out on the beach all week!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Go For Your Dreams!

I love the Voice!!!  The most recent season ended this week, and my favorite Jordan Smith won!  This type of show is a great reminder go for dream!  The Blind Auditions are so much fun to watch!  These people want to sing so bad, and often have a story that pulls at your heart strings!  You root for them!  You want a judge to turn around!  This season Jordan stood out from the nimute he opened his mouth!  My family was rooting for him, and so was most of the Voice Audience!  He is not your typical singer, but he has got that something special!  After one performance Pharrell said "God has signed your voice!"

Do not let anything stop you!  Whatever your dream is - GO FOR IT!  You never know what will happen!

Jordan's Blind Audition

My sister was there for  the blind audition!  She spent time in L.A. this summer, and her friends got tickets to the Voice!  She said when he started singing everyone jumped to their feet!  He has that something special!  When they  aired it on TV we watched for her!  And they showed her several times!  Of course we were screaming and took her photo!

Then on Finale night he got to do a duet with Usher!  Watch out for Jordan Smith!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Grade Update

I wanted to let you know that power school will not let me in.  I am so frustrated because I wanted to get  grades done this weekend!  It is all I wanted to do! 

Never mind!  I just tried - hoping, and it let me in!  I don't know what was happening?  But I am so HAPPY Power School let me in!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Deeply Rooted

Tonight was the performance of Deeply Rooted Dance Company.  They are inspired by African American dancing and storytelling. It was a powerful statement and expressions of major themes in today's world!  I was so glad I went, and it was amazing what they did with their bodies!  They made it look easy!

Here are two numbers we saw:

Be Kind

Friday, November 13, 2015

Happy Friday the 13th!

People matter!

This is so true!  When I was  in the hospital the only thing that mattered was my family and getting better!  Treasure the people in your life!

Friday, November 6, 2015

APUSH Tidbit

The Tyler men have a habit of having kids very late in life. Lyon Gardiner Tyler, one of President Tyler’s 15 kids, was born in 1853. He fathered Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. in 1924, and Harrison Ruffin Tyler in 1928.

The 10th President's grandsons are still alive!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Homecoming 2015 - We Are Booker T!

Last week was a fun and eventful week, and we won in the last 15 seconds with a field goal - 17 to 14!!! Here are my pics from each day!

Superhero Day! I was Jack Bauer from 24!

My favorite person! Mrs. G was a doctor!

I saw these girls posing - so I had to get a pic too!

Incredible were popular!

Red, White, and Blue Day -  I loved their costumes!  

My favorite 90s ever!  They were perfect!

These guys looked great for decades day!

Teachers were suppose to dress they would have in high school - I was a 90s kid!

Thursday we got to dress up for Mr. and Miss Hornet!

Got this one from Mrs. Walker - So happy for Leona!

I was the Class Sponsor of 2010, and we had a mini 5 year reunion!  I love these people!!!

Outrageous Orange and Black Day!!!!

Had to get my photo with Coach D.!

Miss Hornet - Love this girl!!!!

2010 - Made my day when they walked into my room!

One of my favorite doors!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Behaviors not goals!

I love goal setting!  I truly believe you need to set goals for your self!  And work towards them.  You cannot just get what you want by saying it.  You need to work hard!  And there are always people out there who are willing to work harder!  I love this speaker's approach.  You need to focus on your behaviors to achieve your goals!  This is real insight!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

APUSH Tidbits


Thomas Jefferson and John Adams die

On this day in 1826, former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who were once fellow Patriots and then adversaries, die on the same day within five hours of each other.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were the last surviving members of the original American revolutionaries who had stood up to the British empire and forged a new political system in the former colonies. However, while they both believed in democracy and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their opinions on how to achieve these ideals diverged over time.
Adams preceded Jefferson as president (1797-1800); it was during this time that their ideas about policy-making became as distinct as their personalities. The irascible and hot-tempered Adams was a firm believer in a strong centralized government, while the erudite and gentile Jefferson believed federal government should take a more hands-off approach and defer to individual states’ rights. As Adams’ vice president, Jefferson was so horrified by what he considered to be Adams’ abuse of the presidency–particularly his passage of the restrictive Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798–that he abandoned Adams and Washington for his estate at Monticello. There, he plotted how to bring his Republican faction back into power in the presidential election of 1800. After an exceptionally bitter campaign, in which both parties engaged in slanderous attacks on each other in print, Jefferson emerged victorious. It appeared the former friends would be eternal enemies.
After serving two presidential terms (1801-1809), Jefferson and Adams each expressed to third parties their respect the other and their desire to renew their friendship. Adams was the first to break the silence; he sent Jefferson a letter dated January 1, 1812, in which he wished Jefferson many happy new years to come. Jefferson responded with a note in which he fondly recalled when they were fellow laborers in the same cause. The former revolutionaries went on to resume their friendship over 14 years of correspondence during their golden years.
On July 4, 1826, at the age of 90, Adams lay on his deathbed while the country celebrated Independence Day. His last words were Thomas Jefferson still survives. He was mistaken: Jefferson had died five hours earlier at Monticello at the age of 82.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Colonial Unity

I want my students to think like  historians! When talking about the American Revolution - many historians wonder when colonial unity happened?  For the colonists to win they had to be united!  They defeated the greatest military power in the world at that time (1783).  

Many point to the Albany Plan during the French and Indian War.  Under Mercantilism the colonies got free protection from England.  They never had to protect themselves.  They were not trained or ready, but now the war is being fought in their own back yard.  Could they defend themselves?  Albany Plan is called to help unite the colonies.  There Ben Franklin introduces his Join or Die Cartoon.  Telling the colonies they must unite, or die!  The snake  represents the colonies.  At that moment the were in pieces  and they needed to come together!

It worked because they won!  But then the Road to the Revolution happened!  To what extent were they united?  Upset with England definitely brought them together, but they were divided on what they wanted to accomplish.  The central question was could the colonies govern themselves?  A great scene from The Patriot debates whether they should declare independence?  Mel Gibson quotes Mather Boyles, "Is it better to be ruled by one tyrant 3,000 miles away, or 3,000 tyrants  one mile a way?" 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Articles Of Confederation to Constitution

This is a great overview of the Articles to the Constitution.  Watch this!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Government Movies

Yesterday I saw a great movie about spies during the cold war.  It was great story telling, and so beautifully filmed!  I  predict it will be nominated for an Oscar - maybe even win.  Bridges of Spies.

Ultimately it asked a great question for America, and  our legal system.  Tom Hanks plays an attorney defending  a Soviet Spy.  The whole country wants to hang him, and assume he is guilty.  Hanks  wants to give him a fair trial - innocent until proven guilty.  America is hard!  We say everyone gets their rights, but sometimes we don't want to give them their rights.  But we have to!  Below is a speech from the movie - American President.  The president talks about how hard America is.


Before the movie  started - I saw some great upcoming trailers:

This is all about how to win elections.  It will most likely provide great insight.

This is about the economic recession in 2008.  It makes me think about the role of the government and economics.  Are they suppose to protect us from moments like these?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Great APUSH Review Site

For you to do well on the APUSH exam - you must work outside the classroom!  You cannot just show up to class and listen.  That is not enough!  There is so much out there online to help you.  I found a great site to help you!  There is wisdom, content, and videos!